After a long battle with all manner of addictions, actor Jeff Conaway passed away Friday; he was only 60. Though many of us watched his descent play out over two seasons of “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,” Conaway will always be remembered for his performances as Kenickie in the film version of Grease, Bobby on “Taxi” and Zack Allen on “Babylon 5.” No matter who he was portraying, the feeling of a big-hearted man with a lot of personal struggles and pain came through. His “Taxi” co-stars stayed close; Marylu Henner and Tony Danza visited Conaway in the hospital many times during his final days. Henner thought of him as family, saying he was a brother to her. (Henner and Conaway had also starred together in the Broadway production of Grease.)
Though his struggles on “Celebrity Rehab” brought me to tears a couple of times, I prefer to remember Jeff Conaway as a guy whose smile just lit up the screen:
Good night, sweet prince.